Val Paul Taylor
If you sit down and talk with Val Paul Taylor I guarantee you will open a door to a conversation rich with wonderful stories.
I say wonderful carefully and deliberately. While Val’s spontaneous stories are a tapestry woven with threads of life, emotion, purpose, fantasy, aspiration, and nobility, wonder, humor and surprise—they also create a vivid picture and hang it for you to treasure in the gallery of your mind.
His Acrylic paintings, drawings, and letterpress prints are exactly the same; a visual expression of what Val is himself. Val credits much of his artistic intuition to being a “hybrid.” He’s been a Graphic Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, Illustrator, and Painter—and to that you could add Successful Businessman. Also Educator, Father, Grandparent, Counselor, Youth Leader, Fisherman, Outdoorsman, and a lot of other things that make him a keen observer of the human condition and highly effective problem solver.
Born a Navy brat Val moved from Ogden Utah to Albany New York as a young teenager then Seattle Washington and has been creating art his whole life. A two-year church mission spent living among native peoples on a reservation in South Dakota and small towns in North Dakota and Canada contributed another whole dimension to his work and interests. When you see Val’s Art you see how he has been greatly influenced by Native American imagery and Lore.
Val’s art skills were honed by his studies at Columbus College of Art and Design, and Brigham Young University. After a lengthy working career in the Pacific Northwest in a series of prestigious publishing, design and illustration roles, including Alaska Magazine and Raindog Creative, his own highly rated Seattle Design studio, he returned to The University of Hartford Art School in Hartford Connecticut for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. Before moving to Camano Island Val was a Visiting Professor at Southern Utah University teaching classes in Basic and Advanced Drawing, 2 Dimensional Design, Graphic Design, Typography and Branding. He currently is working full time as an Illustrator and Painter and doing Graphic Design projects for regional and National clients. He also teaches Drawing and Life Drawing classes at Stanwood Camano Arts Guild’s Guided Gallery in downtown Stanwood Washington.
Val has a personal pantheon of heroes as diverse as the Renaissance painters of Northern Europe, Mickey Mouse’s dad, and modern influences from political cartoonists like Jeff McNealy, to artist W. Heath Robinson, creator of Rube Goldberg-like mechanical contraptions, to animated film pioneer, Winsor McCay, Modernist painter Wassily Kandinsky, Charles Bragg, James Christensen, and the Marx Brothers.
Which only means that when you approach Val’s work, in the immortal words of Monte Python, you should probably be prepared for “something completely different.”
Val’s Paintings are done in Acrylic on paper mounted on hardboard. His collection of small Letterpress prints is gleaned from his extensive Sketchbooks. Each is printed one at a time on a hand press and are limited editions. Val’s original Paintings and Giclee Limited Edition Fine Art Prints are available in the Guilded Gallery and on line.
• Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Ohio
• BFA Illustration; Brigham Young University, Provo Utah
• MFA Illustration; Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, Hartford Connecticut
• Adjunct Professor/Visiting Lecturer of Art and Design, Southern Utah University, Cedar City Utah
• Drawing and Life Drawing Instructor at Stanwood Camano Arts Guild’s Guided Gallery, Stanwood Washington